The U17 Crested Cranes will start their journey to India 2020 when they take on Ethiopia in the first leg of their preliminary U-17 Women World Cup qualifier at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo on Saturday, 11th January.
Ayub Khalifa’s side head into the game looking to become the first Ugandan national team side to qualify for a World cup. The Crested Cranes will also have revenge at the back of their minds after Ethiopia knocked them out of the 2020 Olympics qualifiers.
Fauzia Najjemba was part of the team that lost 4-2 on aggregate against Ethiopia in April last year.
Najjemba feels confident of picking up a positive result and told football256 that last year’s success still hurts, but admits that the experience will act as a wake-up call when they face Ethiopia.
“When I look back, I still feel the pain of our loss to Ethiopia, but in football, you don’t stick to the past because objectives change with every game,” Fauzia Najjemba told Football256.
“The squad mostly consists of the girls that won the COSAFA and CECAFA title. This has helped us build chemistry and understanding on the pitch, and I think it shall help us qualify for the next round,” Najjemba adds.
The Kampala Queens forward also went on to lament that they shall need the fans to be the 12th man on the pitch in order to motivate and push the team as they seek to pick up the first-leg advantage heading into the second leg.
“l urge all Ugandans to come and fill up the Star times Stadium in order to give an extra motivation to pick up the first-leg advantage, heading into the second leg,” She continues.